Ex-students award 4 scholarships

Exes scholarship winners smile with association officer and WSISD superintendent Frank Molinar. Photo by Hayden Posey
Exes scholarship winners smile with association officer and WSISD superintendent Frank Molinar. Photo by Hayden Posey

By Cheryl Posey

The Brewer Ex-student Association awarded four cash scholarships to Brewer seniors at Monday’s Honors Night Awards Ceremony. The scholarships were made possible by fund-raisers conducted by the Exes Association during Homecoming week 2013. The four scholarship recipients are Austin Winn ($500), Kevin Leis ($500), Haley Smith ($1,000) and Kiley Williams ($1,000).

One $500 scholarship was a result of a donation made by the classes of the 1950’s, who hold reunions annually and are constant supporters of the Brewer ex-student association. The association thanked the classes of the 1950’s for continuing to support the Exes’ Association and the students of Brewer High School.

Two $1,000 scholarships and another $500 scholarship were made possible by the many membership renewals of former students during Homecoming week, a donation by the Class of 1983 in honor of their 30th anniversary, and also Chubby’s Burger Shack, partners with the association this year for the 2013 Homecoming festivities.  The association thanked these former Brewer students who continue to give back to their school and community.

The Exes Scholarships that were awarded Monday were also given in honor of Brewer High School Alumni, Mr. Johnny Wilson, who was among the first graduating class of Brewer High School back in 1953.   Johnny Wilson, along with his wife Jo Spelce Wilson, were both very active students during BHS’s inaugural year.

In 1953, Johnny was elected Vice-President of his Senior class, played on the football team, and was also elected, along with his then-girlfriend and cheerleader Jo, as “Mr. and Miss BHS” class of ‘53.    After high school, some college, and his marriage to Jo, Johnny formed his own company right here in White Settlement, TX.  Johnny opened  “Tech Tool Plastics” in 1968, not very far down the road from the old high school right to the east side of Cherry Lane.   For the past 45 years Tech Tool Plastics, under the leadership of Johnny Wilson, hired many Brewer High School students for summer jobs as well as for jobs during the school year and for early dismissal students.   Back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s Johnny employed several Brewer boys whose younger brothers would then come along and work for him as they needed jobs during their teen years, as well.

Johnny Wilson truly made a mark on the community as well as a mark on the lives of many Brewer boys throughout the years.   His business is still going strong, and his loyalty to Brewer High School has never wavered.   He and Jo are always a part of the BHS 50’s Reunions held each year, and they still enjoy their ties to Dear Old Brewer High.    Thank you, Johnny, for your 45 years of business leadership in our community and for the influence you have had on Brewer High School from way back in 1953 until the present day.

About the Recipients:

One $500 scholarship recipient is Austin Winn.  Austin has attended the WSISD schools for 10 years and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, the National Thespian Society, the student principal advisory team and is also a Honeycomb drill team escort.  He is one of six children in his family and works at Pump-it-up in Fort Worth.  Austin plans to attend Texas State University where he will prepare for a medical career with a specialty in pediatrics.  He will be the first in his family to attend college.

The next $500 scholarship winner is Kevin Leis. Kevin has attended the WSISD for 12 years and has played baseball at Brewer for the past 4 years. He is also a member of National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and P.A.L.S.  Kevin plans to attend Howard Payne University where he will study to obtain a degree in business and communications. He said he hopes his degree allows him to stay close to the world of baseball, but also enables him to take care of his family.

The first $1,000 scholarship was presented to Haley Smith. Haley plays softball for the Brewer Bears and has attended the WSISD for the past 12 years.  She is also a member of the Powerlifting team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and P.A.L.S.  Currently, Haley is already in a job that will help her in her planned career. She is working at Discovery Early Learning Center now and plans to become a pediatric nurse.  She said she loves to help children, and also wants to help secure her future for herself and her family.  Haley plans to attend Tarleton State University.

The second $1000 scholarship went to Kiley Williams.  Kiley has attended the WSISD for 13 years and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington this fall. Kiley is currently a member of the National Honor Society, National ART Honor Society and drill team. She also volunteers for Special Olympics Track meets and the White Settlement Champions League Special Needs baseball team.  Kiley currently works as a healthcare attendant at Touch of Class, which will help her with her future career in the nursing field.

Congratulations to these fine scholarship recipients and the entire class of 2014.